Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Trump says Las Vegas shooter "sick", will discuss gun laws later

Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada on Sunday Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada on Sunday
Bennie Garza | 04 October, 2017, 02:10

Paddock's decision to target an event on the Las Vegas strip is likely to be a focus of the investigation, after it emerged he was a high-stakes gambler who would stay at casino hotels for weeks at a time.

News of the shooting first became known to police a little after 10pm local time on Sunday (Oct. 1).

On Sunday night, Stephen Paddock shot down at the packed Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the hotel, where he had been staying since September 28.

President Donald Trump today called the gunman who opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday "sick" and "demented".

One explosion heard, police said, was the Swat team, entering the Mandalay Hotel to capture the shooter. Police said the gunman had smashed the windows with a hammer-like tool before opening fire. "There's no religious affiliation that we know of", Eric Paddock told reporters earlier in the day.

When asked about the gunman's motive, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he could not "get into the mind of a psychopath at this point". Police believe he acted alone.

We're now learning the names of some of the shooting victims.

Apart from Jordan, an Alberta woman was also killed.

"It's one thing to talk to them on the phone, but when you actually see them arrive it's overwhelming", Patricia Nannini told the station.

Lombardo said Danley is not believed to be involved.

He said authorities have learned that Paddock may have attended a festival in Las Vegas in September, before settling last Thursday into his hotel room overlooking the Route 91 Harvest music festival.

Police found several more weapons at Paddock's home in Mesquite, about 130km northeast of Las Vegas.

Sisolak also started an online fundraising effort for the victims that by Tuesday had brought in $2.7 million from 38,000 donors.

MFAT has not advised against travel to Las Vegas or the United States, although its SafeTravel website warns there is "some risk to your security in the United States due to the threat from terrorism". The declaration allows the county to become eligible for emergency assistance funding to assist with recovery efforts following the shooting.

CBS News contributor Randy Sutton served in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for nearly 24 years and retired with the rank of lieutenant.

"It's very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember, the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter", Sanders said. Thoughts and prayers with the loved ones of those lost.

World leaders have reached out to President Trump to offer condolences on the attack, the White House said.

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